Don't try italian home made ice-cream, if you are not going to come back to Italy. You will never enjoy any other.
Unique Suggestions: To me the best is in Firenze (one particular gelateria, the name of which I don't remember, but everybody knows where is it). My favorite kind of ice-cream was "meringa". In Porto Recanati i discovered one more preferito - nocciola and yogurt.
Fun Alternatives: No suggestions, you can't resist the temptation to try it.
Some medieval towns nearby in summer used to organise events like medieval games, races, musical festival or just dinners.
So, 5 years ago, porto recanati decided to have its own historical event too.
Theater? Brodetto(typical fish soup) festival? Miss over 90?
No, a race among the historical quarters of the town.
People have to run with boxes full of dead fishes trying to not let the fishes fall down on the street.
The winner is the quarter that brought at the end the biggest quantity of fish faster.
This, following our politicians, years ago when the boats came back from the fish, guys were waiting on the beach to take fish and bring it as soon as possible to the market, as the sooner you arrived, the more chances you had to win.
Now: 1st this town never had quarters, they have been invented now for the palio and go figure if they existed hudred years ago when there were something like 70 houses.
2nd There is no tradition of running with the fish, it was too important to seel or eat it to risk to lose on the way, and old women were waiting for the boats to come back, can you imagine them running to the market?
So the motto is: if people want historical festival we giove them what they want, if we have no history we simply invent it!
Fun Alternatives: If you are in the area, go to Offagna medieval last week of july, that IS historical and has a long and trustable tradition.
Today july 6th I went in a pharmacy and it was incredibly crowdy, a long queue waiting to ask for medicines or simply to pay a shampoo, I was pretty surprised as they usually sell you everything without even looking at your face, a kid 6 year old could buy pregancy tests or condoms, anyway all this mess was due to a poor german woman that was just saying to the clerk that she had stomach pains and wanted something to calm them down, the poor clerk just kept answering in italian: imodium questo ferma la diarrea(this stops diarea) and the german woman: I go to the toilette very regulary, I need something to cure my pains and the other one ahhhh dolori mestruali(period pains) and so on untill a voice from the queue said: glie fa male la panza daglie un buscopan (she has stomach pains give her a buscopan).
That woman went out of the pharmacy still not believing that noone in a pharmacy in a touristic town on adriatic coast was able to understand stomach pain and, above all, still wondering if she bought the correct medicine.
Awfully true, many towns like mine spend a lot of money for advertising in workshops and international brochures and do not even think to organise english courses for people that will have to be in touch with tourists, on the other hand people love foreign credit cards, but do not make any effort to give foreigners a decent service.
This year all the town is very proud cause of the European blue flag (flag that certificate clean sea water and beach), I hope that flag won't be the only european thing here in the future.